On June 29, the fourth art session of the Innopraktika and Russian Seasons School ended at the Ilya Repin St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. The session ended with an exhibition of the students' artworks.
More than 100 applications from Asia, America, Africa, and Europe were submitted for this season's session. As a result, 13 artists and three sculptors from 14 countries , including South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Algeria, Senegal, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, and others, participated in the new artistic session of the School.
The course's cross-curricular topic is “Creativity Unites: Preserving Global Values. For two weeks, students have been creating artworks on a given subject under the guidance of St. Petersburg Academy of Arts teachers: Ilya Zorkin, Anastasia Nikolaeva, Mikhail Molyakov, Vladimir Brodarsky, Ekaterina Pilnikova, and others .
“This is the fourth time that Innopraktika and Russian Seasons School helps international students discover Russia and its distinctive culture and better understand Russian traditions. The attention we are receiving proves that our mission is important and resonates with the creative community,” saidAlexei Lebedev, director of the Russian Seasons project.
The basic principle of the School's work, mentorship, is evident in every program of the School. The teachers spent two weeks discussing their ideas with the students, helping them with advice during the creative process, sharing their experiences, and conducting master classes. The School curriculum at the Academy of Arts was varied and rich. The painters, for example, at the beginning of their studies under the guidance of Anastasia Nikolaeva and Ilya Zorkin, were introduced to the academic art tradition, starting with quick sketches of a nude model. Such exercises are at the heart of the training of students at the Academy of Fine Arts. The educational program of the session also included the study of anatomical drawing and plastic anatomy, to which Mikhail Molyakov introduced artists and sculptors. Another essential part of the program was the master classes, where the masters revealed their professional secrets to the participants.
Renowned sculptors Vladimir Brodarsky and Ekaterina Pilnikova were mentors for the student sculptors, helping them find the right vectors for developing their creative work. The sculptors' curriculum consisted of portrait and composition work.
Currently, each of the works of painters and sculptors - participants of the School - is presented in the Italian Hall of the Academy of Arts.
“The art session took place at a challenging time, but we experienced the diversity of cultures because we had students from Latin America and Africa who showed interest in our School, which preserves traditions and is open to discussion. We found new friends living on other continents, brought up in a different environment, and full of strength and energy to create. We are proud of our teachers who found a common language with the students and assisted them in mastering the craft”, said Semyon Mikhailovsky, Rector of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts named after Ilya Repin .
“Innopraktika company, which launched the Global Values Project in 2020, supports the dialogue of cultures and the desire to bring forward-thinking people of the arts together. Young artists coming to St. Petersburg from other countries are trying to learn more about our cultural traditions and the Russian School of art, represented by painters Repin, Levitan, Shishkin, sculptors Shchedrin and Antokolsky. Undoubtedly, this valuable experience that the students received in the city on the Neva, in communication with the teachers and an environment of masterpieces of world art, will stay with them for a long time and will become a basis for their creative formation and further development of cultural relations,” - saidNatalia Popova, t he first deputy general director of Innopraktika.
In addition to a busy learning process, the students were offered a fascinating cultural program with visits to the main sights of the northern capital - the Tsarskoe Selo, the Mariinsky and Alexandrinsky theaters, the Hermitage and the Russian Museum.
Following the tradition, the artistic session will be continued with a choreographic session on July 4 at the Boris Eifman Academy of Dance, which will last three weeks and end with a joint performance of School and Academy students at the Alexandrinsky Theatre. The performance will be held as part of the II Festival of the Innopraktika & Russian Seasons School “Global Values”.
For more information , visit the School section of the Russian Seasons website https://www.russianseasons.org/ru/school/.